VOAVolunteers of America Chesapeake is a faith based non-profit organization whose mission is to inspire self-reliance, dignity, and hope through health and human services. Through our 31 programs we offer a safety net to our veterans, seniors suffering from intellectual disability, the homeless, those seeking affordable housing options, and many more.

Founded in 1896 in Baltimore, MD Volunteers of America Chesapeake was one of the first branches of Volunteers of America – one of the nation’s largest and most comprehensive human services organizations. Through a dedicated and committed team of management, staff and volunteers and guided by our Core Values: Caring, Respect, Faith, Quality, and Trust – VOA Chesapeake helps thousands of people each year throughout Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia.

While our programs span the region, our organization has built and maintained a strong network of support in Northern Virginia. From the Loudon Homeless Services Center to the Northern Virginia Community Living Centers in Arlington and Prince William County, VOA Chesapeake has been dedicated to serving Northern Virginia’s neediest individuals:

Mr. O is from Green Valley in Arlington, a neighborhood locally known as Nauck. He moved around Northern Virginia throughout his childhood and eventually graduated from Garfield Senior High School in 1999. After graduation, Mr. O followed a number of career opportunities, including military service. He worked as a groundskeeper and after school counselor.

However, Mr. O got caught up with the wrong group of friends and spent 9 years and 11 months in jail for armed robbery. When he was released in 2013, Mr. O had no job, no money, and no place to stay. His parole officer referred him to the only place where there was a vacancy: The Residential Program Center.

At the RPC, Mr. O was assigned to a dedicated case manager, Sarah, who has connected him to the various services provided in Arlington County. Through Sarah, Mr. O was able to apply for a job at McDonalds; he received a free suit from the RPC’s Clothing Closet for his interview. He got the McDonald’s job in July of 2013, a month after he moved to the RPC. Not willing to stop there, he was referred to DC Central Kitchen’s Culinary Training Program. After successfully completing this program, he was able to secure a second job as a cook at the Army Navy Country Club in Arlington.

Mr. O has been working two jobs since November of 2013 and with the help of his case manager at the RPC, has been saving 75% of his income to put towards a new apartment. He is nearing the end of his stay at the RPC, but Mr. O is well on his way back to self-sufficiency.

We serve thousands of clients like Mr. O and with your help we can serve thousands more! Visit our website and learn more.